Idaho is on the list of 18 states where consumers have been hit by salmonella poisoning linked to cucumbers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday that more than 70 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul had been reported in Idaho, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
More than a quarter of the reported cases of Salmonella Saintpaul linked to the cucumbers required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported.
The CDC is pointing to cucumbers supplied by growers in Cullacan, Mexico, distributed by Tricar Sales of Rio Rico, Arizona. Federal officials said they were halting cucumber shipments from the Mexico producers--Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse--until it can be proven that future shipments are free from salmonella.
The CDC says that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience abdominal cramps, fever and/or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours. The symptoms can last up to seven days and, left unchecked, may spread into the bloodstream.